Pickerington teenagers can help prepare themselves for the "real world" through a new grownup-oriented series to be offered by the library.

Pickerington teenagers can help prepare themselves for the "real world" through a new grownup-oriented series to be offered by the library.

As part of its quest to offer useful services to teens, the Pickerington Public Library in August and September will present a four-part program to help them land a job and learn ways how to be a good employee, access college and participate in democracy.

Borrowing from social media outlets such as Twitter that use hashtags to identify messages or specific topics, #adulting seeks to help teens get involved in government and position themselves for success.

"The #adulting series is part of our growing teen programming efforts meant to address the career and/or college needs of our older teen patrons," said Donna Matturri, the library's adult services manager.

"We've had 'Lunch and Learn' workshops targeted toward professionals and have just added to our calendar resume and customer services workshops for adults with the Fairfield County Job and Family Services 'Ohio Means Jobs,' " she said.

"We thought it would be a great time to introduce similar, practical programs to help teens with those first stages of adulthood, like writing their first resumes, or how to handle customer services jobs, or how to understand the financial aid process."

The kick-off to #adulting will be an Aug. 3 resume-building workshop led by Fairfield County Job and Family Services representatives at 1:30 p.m. in the library, 201 Opportunity Way.

A second program, also to be led by Fairfield County Job and Family Services, will discuss how employees should handle customer service issues Aug. 10. The time for the program has yet to be set.

"This will be a two-hour, interactive program where teens will learn customer service through fun activities, discussions and real-life situations," said Laura Hanby, reference librarian.

At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15, the library will play host to Amanda Patterson, senior specialist for the Ohio State University Office of Enrollment Services for a workshop on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which all students interested in financial aid for college must complete.

The final #adulting workshop currently scheduled will be Sept. 28 at 6 p.m., when League of Women Voters Metro Columbus volunteer David Patton leads a presentation about voter education.

"He's going to go over how to register to vote, how to find your polling location and all of the basics for how to vote," Hanby said.

Registration is required for each of the workshops, and will open a few weeks to a month before each program's date.

Additional information about #adulting and registering for workshops is available at pickeringtonlibrary.org.

"We still have several craft- and entertainment-oriented programs planned four our teens as well this fall, and I'm so excited about them," Matturri said.

"I think the library can be both practical and entertaining when it comes to our teen community."

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